Time is relentless they say and though that thought meant little to me in the past, I'm starting to understand a bit better today. I don't post this as a plea for sympathy, just an observation and perhaps an opportunity for anyone wishing to take the reins for a spell.
I've heard it said that nobody owns land, they are merely caretakers for a spell. So it is with all things, and I am rushing headlong into the world of clumsy and related things. Given such circumstances I have weighed the option of simply disappearing one day and making people puzzle about what happened, or trying to move forward in an orderly fashion.
With that said, despite the "quiet" here at the WSU it is interesting to see the background noise, such as the many members who have joined from Europe and seldom say anything, or the many "views" that occur due to the lurkers. I'm OK with that, truly. One of the reasons I started this back up and did so with SPG's help, is that it supports the history, old history of shooting sports in a manner not widely shared in print or cyberspace. Many today have no real idea what a "slug gun" is and the term "bullet gun" goes over their head as well. Likewise, "Schuetzen" is a mystery. I actually met a young 'smith (he claims) a few months ago that had no idea what a hammer swage was, nor had he heard of Charles Askins. Wow. Did I ever relate what a profoundly and positive teaching aid for offhand shooting flintlocks can be? Not unlike a doctoral thesis for a stand up kind of guy.
So here it is for consideration. If anyone here wishes to take over the reins of the WSU, gratis, let me know please. It is not difficult to manage, even a caveman can do it. I'm proof of that. Likewise, I have a rather large array of interesting old arms that need to move to greener pastures. I cannot guarantee they are cheap in cost, but you would not be disappointed in their form, condition or performance.
Don't make me do the disappearing act please.